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Kent weather: Widespread frost and ice...and a chance more snow could come...

07:55 13 January 2017

Julie Hubbard in Bexleyheath sent us a picture

Julie Hubbard in Bexleyheath sent us a picture

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The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for ice

Kent Policein Dartford posted a picture on Twitter of their station in the snowKent Policein Dartford posted a picture on Twitter of their station in the snow

Gritters are out on full force this morning as forecasters predict widespread frost and ice around the county following yesterday evening’s snowfall.

Snow started to fall just after 5pm yesterday, with the first hits in Kent seen in Dartford, Chatham, and Rochester.

Snow falling in TonbridgeSnow falling in Tonbridge

More sleet and snow could hit the South East for a period during mid-morning, especially further east - although conditions are expected to improve from late morning.

Temperatures will stay cold and windy throughout the day, with strong gales hitting the Kent coast and a flood alert in place from Pegwell Bay to Deal. All ferry services from Dover are warning passengers of delays.

Country roads in Tonbridge are covered in snowCountry roads in Tonbridge are covered in snow

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is warning motorists to be prepared for driving in snow and icy conditions, with cold weather continuing throughout parts of the country in the coming days.

Ashley Bateman, DVSA’S assistant chief driving examiner said:

Snowy scenes in Holywell Avenue, FolkestoneSnowy scenes in Holywell Avenue, Folkestone

“DVSA’s priorities are to help you through a lifetime of safe driving and to help you keep your vehicle safe to drive.

“Road conditions can suddenly change during the winter, so being well prepared is vital.

Snow on the M26, SevenoaksSnow on the M26, Sevenoaks

Drivers can help to keep themselves and other road users safe by carrying out basic safety checks and following the advice in The Highway Code about driving in winter weather.”

The Energy Networks Association has reminded people they can call 105 - the new, free national phone line - if the weather damages their local power network and affects their electricity supply.

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